Irish cheesemakers win big at ‘elite’ international event
Three Irish cheesemakers were awarded top prizes at a prestigious international cheese and dairy fair, Mondial du Fromage, according to Bord Bia.
The Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers company was successful – for a second time – in the sheep milk blue cheese category, and was awarded a ‘Super Gold‘ medal for its Crozier Blue Cheese.
Cahill’s Farm Cheese won a silver medal for its Vintage Cheddar in the uncooked pressed cheeses category, while Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheeses received a bronze medal in the soft cheese with washed rind category, for its Humming Bark Cheese.
The festival is a competition for the world’s leading cheese and dairy trade, with the Irish contingent providing a showcase of the “very best of Irish cheese production”.
Exhibiting at Bord Bia’s Origin Green stand, the group comprised: Durrus Cheese; The Little Milk Company; Cooleeney Cheese; Cahill’s Farm Cheese; Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheeses; and Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers.
As well as being a hub for meeting players in the industry and for information about innovation and development in the cheese market, the international fair provided an opportunity to underline the value of Bord Bia’s Origin Green sustainability programme, according to the Irish state agency.
The potential to develop new export opportunities was also a key prospect, Bord Bia claimed.